12 differently-abled Ifugaos join Abilympics
by Vency D. Bulayungan
Lagawe, Ifugao (26 June) -- Showing that physical disabilities is not a hindrance to employment, 12 differently abled men and women here who are currently self employed, participated in an abilympics held here recently.
Ester Bulahao of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) here said that the skills they demonstrated are their source of income in their respective municipalities.
Trained by the local government units, a Peace Corps volunteer and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority, the 12 displayed their skills on silk screen processing, bamboo craft making, and sewing of recycled materials such as empty tetrapacks.
Lydia Tolawon of Banaue, who despite her condition is good in woodcarving, is earning a living not only for her but also for her family. She owns a small stall in Banaue where she sells her finished products.
On the other hand, Mary Pangalina of Hungduan who trained under TESDA proudly displays her expertise in haircutting, which is her source of income now.
Ben Pagadut of Kiangan also demonstrated his skills on sewing recycled materials. During the abilympics, he finished pair of slippers, handbags and an apron. His world changed a lot when he joined the sewing group at the livelihood Center in Lamut which is a project of the PSWDO.
He beams while relating how his skills in sewing which is now his source of livelihood contributed in the improvement of their lives as a family. At first he thought his life is useless but when he started earning something for himself, his outlook in life has been changed. (PIA-Ifugao) [top]